Events

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Visitors are welcome to step back into history and experience eighty acres of stately trees and statuary in the beautiful blend of nature and art that is Elmwood Cemetery.

Please come by the Victorian Carpenter Gothic Cottage which serves as our Visitor Center for maps, audio tours, picnic tables and handicap accessible restrooms. Research assistance is also available in the cottage, and security is on the grounds during business hours.



Tickets purchased for any of the events below are not refundable. Coupons are used for "Elmwood 101" tours only.  

Oct
8

Scandals & Scoundrels

A Public Walking Tour of Elmwood's Notorious Residents

Among Elmwood's 75,000 residents are the famous and infamous.  Sinners and saints. Mayors and madams. Politicians and perfectly ordinary citizens. Each of them has a story to tell...and some of those stories don't have happy endings.

Join us for a look at the lives of those who contributed the notorious stories of Memphis history that we love to hear. This tour is for grown-ups only, please.

This tour is all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. Cost is $15 per person.  Starts at 2:00 PM.

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Oct
16

BYOB at Elmwood

Bring Your Own Bicycle!

Join volunteer Cookie Swain as she leads a bicycle tour of Elmwood Cemetery on Sunday, October 16th at 2pm. Bring your bike and enjoy a lovely fall afternoon of cycling back through the history of Memphis with a knowledgeable and fun tour guide! Register for this event online or call 901-774-3212. $15.

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Oct
22

11th Annual Costume Twilight Tour

A rain or shine event!

History comes alive!

If you have never visited Elmwood, this tour is the best way to get to know the cemetery and the individuals who rest here. Costumed characters portraying Elmwood residents will introduce you to the history of Memphis' oldest active cemetery.

This all-walking tour will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tour groups will depart from the Cottage every ten minutes. The final tour group will begin their tour at 5:00 p.m.

Special Note: The grounds of the cemetery will be CLOSED beginning at noon on Saturday, October 22nd. The gates will re-open at 3:30PM for the Costume Twilight Tour.  

Tickets are $15 for adults in advance, $20 at the gate. Children under 12 will be admitted free.  

This event takes place rain or shine.

For our mobility-impaired visitors, we recommend that you call ahead and speak with Bob Barnett or Kimberly McCollum regarding tour route information. Call 901-774-3212.

Elmwood is grateful to the Crawford-Howard Private Foundation for their generous support of the Costume Twilight Tour.

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Oct
28

Spirits with the Spirits

PRESENTED BY RAYMOND JAMES

Glasses are raised, fallen trees rise again as art, high notes rise and high steps go down, and - truth be told - fortunes rise and fall in the storied dark.

Friday, October 28th, spirits rise in Elmwood, and the party's on at 7 pm. Miss this and you'll be sorry, like, forever. 

SPIRITS WITH THE SPIRITS

When Memphis parties in the cemetery.

Friday, October 28th, in Elmwood. $70 per body, $125 per couple. Click here to purchase tickets.

This is a "rain or shine" event.  Tickets are non-refundable.

DRESS: Black & White casual, costumes and characters most welcome. 

Oct
29

Scandals & Scoundrels Tour --SOLD OUT

A Public Walking Tour of Elmwood's Notorious Residents

Sorry, this event is sold out. 

Among Elmwood's 75,000 residents are the famous and infamous.  Sinners and saints. Mayors and madams. Politicians and perfectly ordinary citizens. Each of them has a story to tell...and some of those stories don't have happy endings.

Join us for a look at the lives of those who contributed the notorious stories of Memphis history that we love to hear. This tour is for grown-ups only, please.

This tour is all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. Cost is $15 per person.  Starts at 10:30 am.

Nov
1

All Saints' Day Candlelight Memorial Service

Elmwood Cemetery is a place of remembrance, grief, and love. Elmwood Cemetery's All Saints' Day Memorial Service is dedicated to those who have attained heaven - those who have died, and ascended. 

Elmwood invites you to a special Candlelight Memorial Service in the Lord's Chapel on November 1st at 5 PM. This special evening of remembrance is open to all. Visitors will be invited to light a candle on display in the chapel.

This service is free. Space is limited. Please call the Elmwood Office at 901-774-3212, or email kmccollum [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org for information.

Nov
12

Tree Tour of Elmwood

A Level II Arboretum

Elmwood is home to almost 1,500 trees. Many of these trees are tagged, but there's so much more to know about a tree than its scientific and common name. Some of the trees that live in Elmwood are older than the cemetery itself.

Join us for this tree tour of the cemetery grounds. Cost for the tour is $10 per person. The tour will begin at 10:30 a.m.  

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